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Internet fraudster bags 6-month imprisonment in Ilorin


The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) on Tuesday, secured the conviction of one Adepoju Tomiwa who was arraigned for internet fraud and other fraud related Offences.
Tomiwa was arraigned on a one count charge of cheating by impersonation before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
The charge reads; “That you, Adepoju Tomiwa (alias Paul Powell) sometimes in August,  2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court did cheat by impersonation when you pretended to be one Paul Powell a white male with g-mail account [email protected] and fraudulently deceived one Larry Gowan, an American citizen,  into sending $300.00 (Three Hundred Dollars) to you through stem gift card after you made him believe same would be given to FedEx as delivery fee and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 324 of the same Penal Code ”
The accused pleaded guilty to the charge.
While reviewing the facts of the case, an operative of EFCC, Olamide Sadiq, narrated to the court how the suspect was arrested in Tanke area of Ilorin.
“My Lord,  Tomiwa and some of his friends were arrested following intelligence reports on the 6th of September 2019, items recovered from him include,  a laptop, mobile phones and a car, his emails were accessed where some fraudulent chats and messages were printed in his presence and he admitted that he received three hundred dollars from his victim.”
Counsel to the EFCC, Sessan Ola however urged the court to rely on the evidence of the prosecution witness and convict the defendant accordingly.
Justice Oyinloye in passing his judgement said the testimonies of the prosecution was not challenged or contradicted by the defendant.
The judge sentenced Tomiwa to six months imprisonment and ordered that his mobile phones and laptop be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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